The Idol of Christianity | Dr. Ed Young

The Idol of Christianity | Dr. Ed Young

[music] [music] Dr. Ed Young: How
do you add 1/2 and 1/3? Oh, come, we’ve got one literate
mathematician in the group. You get a common denominator. The common denominator,
the lowest would be 6. So 1/2, we’d turn it
into 3/6, and 2/6. You’d have 5/6, right. Not goin’–excuse
me, Keith, I forgot. We’re not, so here we are. You have 1/2 is different from
1/3, get a common denominator, and you could add
them, and you get 5/6. How in the world does
a holy God do business with sinners like you and me? How in the world? Some people have the
idea, “I can just talk to God any time, any place. I go to God, and he–” nonsense. The only way the holy God can do
business with a sinner like you and me, you have to
have a common denominator. Jesus Christ was totally God. He was totally man. He was a common denominator
so you and I can have an entrée to the Almighty. That’s who Jesus is. Incarnate, God in flesh. And he say, “Now,
here is my kingdom.” Now he’s telling us how
to live in the kingdom. You say, “Well, I’ve got
the Sermon on the Mount.” Oh yeah. But see, he goes even further
than that because so much of the teaching and so much
we hear is abstract. Know the word “abstract”? “Abstract” is just a word
that’s, I’ll say, hangin’ out there with, on its
own, you know? Abstract, for example,
I say the word “beautiful.” Abstract. Well, what is beauty? Oh, it’s in the eyes of–just
say, “Beautiful.” I like a friend of mine, said
he’d married a lot of people. He’s a pastor. He said he’d never married a
bride that wasn’t beautiful. But he said two of
’em barely made it. You see, when you say the word
“beautiful,” it’s an abstract word until you connect
something with it in a picture, see, in a story. So Jesus begins to take
his teaching from Matthew 13. And it says there, “All the rest
of his teaching was in parable.” It virtually was.
And he tells stories. We remember these
stories, don’t we? Remember what it is. “Parable,” it means to “lay
down beside and to throw down.” “Parable.”
You throw down. You lay it aside.
You throw it down. Here is a parable, a story,
that’ll help us understand the kingdom of God, see? The kingdom of God
is many-faceted. The kingdom of
God is wide, broad, just almost
beyond understanding. It is so otherness, otherness. But see, these little parables
tells us what the kingdom of God is like, or the
kingdom of God is. And sometimes they’re
allegories, these parables. But not too many.
Be careful with that. So he tells this story,
agricultural story: “‘The kingdom of heaven may be
compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping,
the enemy came and the tares among the wheat, and went away. And when the wheat
sprouted and bore grain, then the tares
became evident also. The slaves of the
landowner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow
good seed in your field? But how does it have tares?” And he said to them,
“An enemy has done this!” The slaves said to him,
“Do you want us to get up and gather them up?” He said, “No, no, no, no; for
while you’re gathering up the tares, you may uproot
the wheat from them. Allow both to grow up
together until the harvest; in the time of the harvest
I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares, bind
them in bundles to burn them up; and you gather the wheat
into my barn.'”‘” Now, allergy. Probably nobody has
a bad cold anymore. It’s totally an anachronism. We have allergies. What is this teaching?
What is that? That’s just an
agricultural story. Didn’t have a lot of
religious stuff in it, did it? No, it said this,
“The kingdom is like.” But it’s not very religious. Well, what is it? Well, what is a tare? A tare is a bearded darnel. A tare was a deadly,
intoxicating kind of seed. In fact, if you would eat, or
chew some tares that they’re talking about here, that’s
mixed in with the wheat, the little black seed
that would be there, you would perhaps hallucinate. Some of the tares, you eat
enough, it would kill you. It’d be like a poison. In fact, if you take seven
granules of tares and ground them up and eat them,
it would probably cause an abortion in that day. So it was a deadly, deadly
thing to be added to the wheat, this bearded darnel. And by the way, they’re roots
are entangled with one another. You pull out the tare,
you destroy the wheat. See, you’re gonna
go in there, and, “I’mma pull out the
tares and leave the wheat.” “No, no, no, no,
no,” said the farmer. What you do, you can’t
make the distinction. Look at this in a field. “Now, go in there. I want you to go in
there and pull out all the tares and leave the wheat.” My goodness, you
just can’t do it. So in this agricultural
story, the wise farmer said, “Let them grow up together. And when you’re
ready for the harvest, you can tell the difference.” You know how you’ll
tell the difference? The wheat is, I love this, the
wheat will be heavy with the grain and will
have a bowed head. And the tare will be
growing up straight. Bowed toward the sun
would be the wheat. So you can easily identify
the wheat from the tares. Now, that’s the background. And like Jesus did in the
last parable we looked at, this was told to all the crowd. He told all of them this story. And then when they got
home, the apostles said, “What were you talkin’ about?” You ever go home from
church and your wife says, “What was he talkin’ about? What did that mean?” Sometimes I ask Jo Beth
what I was talkin’ about. But my point is, Jesus
explained to them what the crowd could not perceive. But in the middle
of this parable, you have two little bitty
parables that I really probably have mistaught
for a lot of years. Verse 31, 13, all the
way through verse 33. It’s a parable of the mustard
seed and the parable of leaven. Instead of reading, I’m
gonna tell you about them. In all probability, I
have used these positively. You’ve heard it all of your
life, “Little faith, a little faith, the grain of a mustard
seed, remove a mountain. And this is the illustration. You put a mustard seed down, and
it’ll grow and become a mighty tree, and birds
will land in it.” We’ve used that positively. And it can be
interpreted like that. And we’ve used the parable
of the leaven positively. It can be interpreted like that. You read all your commentators,
do a linguistic study, and they’re almost divided as
to what’s negative or positive. The leaven, it permeates
the whole and fills the whole thing, and it rises up. And we use that positively. But I think there’s a
strong chance these are used negatively. Why? It’s because the
kingdom is like. And he’s saying, “Even that
which is identified as the kingdom of God, as a field of
wheat in the kingdom of God, there are unbelievers
mixed in with believers. There’s wheat mixed
in with the tares.” And the mustard would be a
little kernel of evil the size of a mustard seed. It would grow into a tree. And what do you
have in those trees? Birds. What have the birds done
in the parable before this? They were the birds that
consumed the Word of God that will land on the
hard ground, remember? Ho, ho, ho, see, you
gotta change figures here, which certainly, you could. And then in the
Bible, most of the time, leaven is used as an evil thing. In the Passover, all the
Jews had to get all the leaven out of their house. Paul warns about the
leaven of the Pharisees, see? But it can be used positively. So, you can take either one. I think both work,
tell you the truth. I think a little evil will
spread and do great harm. A little good, a little faith,
will spread and move mountains. And I think leaven
is the same way. But these are put in
there to further elaborate, I think, this
particular parable. Now, they’re used in the
Gospel of Luke independently, these two little small parables,
mustard seed and leaven. And that leads me
to believe perhaps they are indeed positive. But for another day. Jesus then interprets
this very clearly. Look at verse 36: “And
then he left the crowds and went into the house. The disciples came
to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of
the tares in the field.’ And Jesus said, ‘The one who
sows the good seed is the Son of Man,'” Jesus, “and
the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these
are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the
sons of the evil one; and the enemy who
sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is at
the end of the age; and so the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are
gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be
at the end of the age. The Son of Man will
send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his
kingdom all the stumbling blocks,” in his kingdom,
looked they were kingdom, looked like they were
wheat, but they were tares, “and those who commit
lawlessness,” those who are immoral, they looked
like they were okay, but they were tares. Verse 42: “‘And throw them
into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” And I’m gonna save verse 43. Whoa, do you get
what’s going on? Jesus now is
scattering the good wheat. And the good wheat are men and
women who have received Christ. They are good moral
Christian people. The devil is mixing among all
the good wheat these tares that are artificial Christians. They are not genuine.
They’re not real. They’re the bad seed. There are bad seeds everywhere. Oh, here’s a little
business that going, and everything’s going fine. We get along with one another. You got somebody
over there, born in a negative case, bad seed. What happens? Here’s a family,
we get along here fine. “But oh, you’ve got a
bad seed over there. Oh.” You can take any group, any
church, any big, any orchestra, anything in the world. You get somebody
that’s a bad seed in there, it’ll affect everything there. And they’ll lose
when they should win. This is what
Jesus is telling us, saying, “In the
kingdom, there’re tares. They look like wheat right now. They haven’t grown. And there’s wheat, and
it looks like a tare.” You say, “Well,
that’s a strange thing.” Remember the apostles? Jesus said, “One of you are
gonna betray me, one of you 12.” And then they all say,
“I’ll bet it’s gonna be Judas. I know that rat.” No, no, no, that
didn’t–“Lord, am I the one? Shh, Lord, don’t say, but could
I be the one that’s gonna–?” They all saw it in
them, the potential to being a tare or being a Judas. So this is where we are. You have the wheat,
and you have the tares. The wheat, and
you have the tares. How do you tell what is
genuine, what is authentic, what is the real deal
against what is phony, what is inauthentic,
and what is pretend time? How do you know the difference
between wheat and a tare, wheat and a tare? In the middle ’50s, up
until the early ’60s, White Sands, New Mexico, they
were testing the atomic bomb. I remember it. You read your history.
You know about that. You know the dropping of the
atomic bombs at the end of the Second World War. And from that
little period of time, about 8 or 10 years,
guess what happened. In the atmosphere
doubled, double, the amount of
carbon-14 in the atmosphere. Doubled it. Everything that was alive
had the double the amount of carbon-14 before the testing and
the explosion of those nuclear weapons, those nuclear
testing, everything. Everything that was
alive, every animal, every human being,
every plant, everything, had double the
amount of carbon-14. Right till this day, double
the amount of carbon-14 prior to the ’50s. Now, what does that mean? Good illustration. The collection of art
there in Venice has a painting painted by a famous
artist worth millions and millions of dollars. It had been
examined by art critics, by curators, by those who are in
authority on saying whether or not this art was real
or valuable or not. And they had affirmed,
“This is the genuine thing. This is a
genuine, very expensive, famous piece of art.” And it was hanging there
in that art collection in Venice for years. But they began to use the
carbon-14 testing method, and they tested this painting
to see if it were painted, as it supposedly was, in 1910. If it were painted in
1910, what would that tell us? It tells us they would have
a little bit of carbon-14. But if it was
painted after 1910, after the 1950s, they would have
double the amount of carbon-14, give or take a little bit. And they examined the canvas. Linen, usually made
out of flax, I think. And the paints that
come from cotton. And they could see that this
had been painted not in the 1910 era, but it had been painted
after the 1950s because of all the carbon-14 there
was in those materials. So they looked at this painting
and said, “Pfft, it’s not real. It’s a forgery.” And all of a sudden, somebody
lost millions of dollars. I thought about that. And I said, “You know,
how can anyone tell whether they’re real or phony? Whether they’re a tare or wheat? Whether we are of God,
in the kingdom of God, or we’re tares,
phonies, imitations? What kinda test would
have to take place? Now, in the great
Judgment Day at the end of time, there’s not gonna
be any problem. And we’ll get to that next week.
No problem. But right now, how could
you, how could I tell if I’m a tare or a wheat? How could you tell? Some of us look pretty
wheaty, but we may be tarey. How do you tell?
How do you tell? A lot of ways. Two basic, I think, simple ways. Number one, you can tell if
you’re a wheat and you’re a kingdom citizen if
Jesus is your King. That’s not tough. Jesus is your King. Not just verbiage,
“Oh, yes, King Jesus.” Not just the
singing, “Oh, King.” Jesus–in other words,
everything in your life and my life, we run it by Jesus. We seek to take his principles,
his concepts, his ideas. We don’t make 100,
but we run it by him. We know he’s the
Commander in Chief, the King, the Lord of our lives. That’s how you can tell. Jesus is really your King. That’s a pretty good
sign you’re wheat, that you’re a
kingdom citizen, right, if he’s really your King. And by the way, I’ll
just throw this out. If you can find
anybody, and if you’re here, I want you to come
forward immediately. If you can find anybody on the
planet, I’ve been sayin’ this forever, forever, and forever,
and I’m gonna say it again. And they can stand up and say,
“I have been living and seeking by the Holy Spirit. I have been seeking to live by
the principles of Jesus as my King, and my life is messed up. I’ve got all–” if you
can find anybody like that, would you bring them
to me immediately? I’m a pragmatist. When Jesus is your King,
he’s really your King, doesn’t mean you dot every I,
cross every T, but you know he is Lord and Savior
and King, guess what? Your life works.
Guess what? You’re able to do,
when he is King, what Job was looking for. I was reading in
Job, ‘member Job? The bottom fell out of his life. Man, he lost his family,
he lost his friends, they accused him of
everything in the world. And they just, he was nothing. He was sick, he was dying,
terminally ill, thrown away into the trash heap of that day. And Job, in answering one of
his critics, he says, by the way, ‘member, he was tryin’
to get a court date with God. ‘Member that Job
said, “Boy, God, I wanna go to court with you”? But he said, “Who in the
word is gonna be the judge if I go to court with God? I mean, boy, that’s
not gonna be fair.” So Job makes this cry. He says, “Oh, if I could find my Creator God and he could teach me how to sing
songs in the night.” Boy, I love that. Job was as bottomed out as
anybody you could ever find in any situation on this planet,
every way you could measure it. And he was saying, “Oh, if I
could find the Creator God who gives me the ability to
sing songs in the night.” It’s easy to sing when
everything’s comin’ out roses. But boy, to sing
those songs in the night. Some of you’ve
been able to do that. God, when he is King, he enables
us to sing songs in the daylight and songs in the
night because he’s King. That’s the first thing,
first thing, Jesus King. The second thing to test whether
or not you’re a wheat or a tare, if you’re wheat,
you’ve been planted. You’ve been planted. You’ve lost your life. You’ve died to self. You’re living for God. You’re no longer king. He is King over your life. And you have been planted. A seed dies in the ground. It dies so it can
come again and live. And when you have been
planted–you seen that commercial, a little comment by
Eric Dickerson on television? He’s talkin’
about Walter Payton. And he talks,
well, Walter Payton, the famous, famous
great running back. Back before Walter Payton
died, and then he says, “Walter, are you afraid to die?” He said, “Yes, I’m afraid
because I’ve never died before.” Have you seen that on TV? It’s right there. It’s right there, a
commercial for the NFL. “I’ve never died before.” Let me tell you something. In Jesus Christ, guess what? We can die right now. We can die to our
self right now. And we’ve already died. It’ll make it a lot easier when
we graduate to go be with God. You know, I’ve already died. I don’t, I’ve
already died to self, and I’m living for God, and I’m
counting on Jesus to be my King. That’s when we’ve been planted. To get a Scripture
to back it up, one very familiar, Psalm chapter
number 1: “Blessed is the man,” blessed is the
woman, “who,” what? “Walks not in the
counsel of the ungodly.” Do you walk around
with some ungodly folks? Do ya? You’re not gonna be blessed. “Blessed” means “to
be congratulated. It means “happiness.” “Blessed is the man or
the woman who does not walk around with ungodly folks.” He also says, to
be congratulated, to be blessed, “The person
doesn’t stand around with sinners,” garbage
collectors, sinners. Don’t stand around with ’em. “And you don’t sit down
with those who are scornful, those who are skeptical,”
those who are always cutting and biting and laughing at
holy and say–you don’t sit down with ’em. So what are we to do? “Blessed is the man,” woman,
“walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, stands
around with sinners, sits in the seat
of the scornful. But his delight,”
what we do delight in, “is in the law,” the
principles, the teaching, “of God Almighty,”
about his kingdom. Man, that’s a thrilling thing. We delight in that. “And we’ll be like a tree
planted,” there’s our word. Took me a while to
get there, didn’t it? “Planted in the ground.” Planted where? “By the rivers of water.” You ever see a tree on
the bank of a river? Look at ’em.
Boy, they’re greener. They flourish more.
Plenty of water. Plenty of light.
Plenty of air. “We’ll be like a tree
planted by the rivers of waters, that bears fruit,” fruit:
love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, patience,
and longsuffering. Fruit, fruit, fruit,
comin’ of our lives. Man, it’s amazing. “And our leaf doesn’t wither.” It’s fresh. And then the final
phrase, “Everything you do will prosper.” There is your
prosperity gospel, right there. Planted, rivers of water,
bearing fruit in our season. Leaf not withering. Man, everything you do will
have prosperity about it. It’ll be a prosperity
that will last forever because we are kingdom kids. See it? It’s beautiful. And then, you know
that little verse I saved? Oh, I wanted to use it
earlier, but you gotta kinda hold back up here. Look at verse 43
of this parable. Jesus says: “‘Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in
the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear,
let him hear.'” Not because we’re righteous,
because of his righteousness. Oh, yes. But we’ll shine
forth like the sun, the wheat, bowing
our head to the sun, bowing our head to him. Jesus is our King, and we have
been planted by the rivers of water, and then
we’ll shine forth. You say, “Oh, I’ll never
shine forth with righteousness.” That’s right, I will
never shine forth, but he that is within you,
and he that is within me, will shine forth when
he is our King, our King. female: We have the promise that
God will direct all our paths. male: Plus, the
guarantee of a long life. female: The assurance
of our family’s protection. male: The promise
of creative wisdom. female: And he will
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